National Geographic : 1937 Jun
C) National Geographic Society Painting by H.M. Herget A FATTED HUMAN SACRIFICE DIES WITHOUT FLINCHING AS A PAINTED PRIEST TEARS OUT HIS BEATING HEART Five black-robed priests hold the young victim's head, arms, and legs, while the official in red slits theyouth's chest, grasps his heart, and offers it to the god of war (left). Aztecs sometimes chose the victim from their own people. He was feasted upondelicacies, wore rich raiment, and was enter tained by comely maidens. Then came the fatal day when, amidst pomp and ceremony, he marched to meet his god. This painting isbased upon an eye-witness account of the ceremony, recorded by one of Cortez's followers. Thousands of prisoners weresacrificed annually, but without the feasting!